The captain of a Qatar Airways flight passed away during a
flight from the Philippines, the airline reported Wednesday.
Fox News reports that the incident happened aboard flight 645
between Manila and the Qatari capital of Doha. Air traffic
controllers diverted the flight to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. It
landed safely about 1135 local time, where a new crew was brought
on board to continue the flight to Doha.
No official explanation for the pilots' death was given, but the
Arabic news service al Jazeera reports that it was apparently a
In a statement, Qatar airways would only say that its main
concern "remains the comfort and safety of its passengers and
staff." The aircraft was landed by the co-pilot, and the airline
also did not say whether the aircraft was ever at risk.